What are my odds of getting a melanoma if I've had one removed?

There have been various studies looking at the incidence of second melanomas, and there is no clear answer to your question. We do know that you are at a higher risk for getting another melanoma compared with people who have never had melanoma, but we just don't know exactly what that number is. The best thing you can do is perform regular monthly skin exams and see your dermatologist as often as she or he recommends.

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